How to Install Window Treatments
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How to Install Window Treatments

Hanging window treatments is straight forward. Correct measurements will go a long way to ensure an installation that is a breeze!


beautiful window treatments


Hanging stationary window treatments. If you are using a decorative curtain rod for your stationary window treatments, such as tailored drapery panels, you may use a variety of different methods to hang your new window treatments.


Rod pocket. Simply slide the rod through the rod pocket and adjust the fabric so that it falls in even folds.

rod pocket curtains

  • It is sometimes helpful to place a small plastic bag over the end of the rod so that it does not snag the fabric.
  • Adjust the rod so that it and window treatments are the appropriate width.
  • Slide the rod onto the brackets, and adjust the fabric so that it falls in even folds.
  • Secure the sides with tiebacks, if desired.


Decorative rods with rings. Put the rings on the rod while adjusting the rod to the appropriate width if you will be using decorative rings. Slide the rod onto the brackets.


decorative curtain rod with rings

  • Make sure to evenly space the fabric and clip the rings to the window treatments.
  • Once all the rings are used, adjust the spacing so that the fabric falls in even folds.
  • Secure the sides with tiebacks, if desired.


Hanging operational window treatments. The most common hardware used for operational window treatments is a traverse curtain rod, which features plastic carriers channeled in a metal track, that are guided and moved by cords and pulleys.

traverse curtain rod with rings carriers

Traverse curtain rods are generally used with pinch-pleated draperies, but can also be used with other types of window treatments. You will need drapery pins or hooks to attach the fabric to the plastic carriers.

  • Slide the pointed end of the drapery pin / hook up through the back of the fabric.
  • Be careful to keep the hook inside the fabric, so it does not show in the front.
  • Use one drapery pin/hook for each pleat, or equally space the hooks across the fabric.
  • Make sure that the hooks are all at the same distance from the top of the panel header (top part of the fabric.)
  • Generally, the drapery pins/hooks should be placed low enough so that the fabric completely covers the traverse rod anywhere from ¾ to 1 ¼ inches below the top of the header, depending on the traverse rod.


Once all the drapery pins/hooks are in place, you are ready to hang the draperies. Use the cords of the traverse rod to place the rod in the closed position, so that the plastic carriers are evenly spaced across the window.

  • Start from one end and hook the draperies onto the rod.
  • The first and second hooks on each side should be attached to the fixed end of the traverse rod.
  • Once all the drapery pins/hooks are attached, you may remove any unused plastic carriers.


Now, you can use the cords to open and close your window treatments!


      CWF PRO TIPS: Helpful tips for installation.

      • Heavier curtains, tailored drapery panels will require a thicker drapery rod.
      • Any cord draw traverse rod can be converted to a baton draw by simply removing the cords and purchasing drapery wands.